Course Policies

Classroom Response System: We will be using clickers this semester to take part in class. You must bring your clicker to class every day and be ready to use it at any time.  You will have many opportunities to respond to questions, take quizzes, and let the instructor know if you follow.

Brown Scantron for Final Exam: You will also need  Brown Scantron sheet to take the final exam administered by the Institute of International Business.

Overflows: No overflows are available for BUSA3000.  Any overflows that granted will be issued by the Institute of International Business and not by the instructor.

Attendance: Students are expected to attend all classes.

  • The Classroom Response System will take roll-call  during the class, thereby generating full attendance records for the semester. Not turning the clicker on during class time and participating in pools will mean you are not on the roll and will be considered absent from the class.
  • Legitimate reasons for being absent are (1) illness – note from doctor required; (2) death in family – copy of death notice; (3) jury duty – bring official notice from court; (4) religious holidays, or a bona fide emergency.
  • Also, your instructor must be informed in advance before any exam is missed. Failure to notify the instructor before missing an exam will lead to a grade of zero (0) on that exam.

A special word to VA students: Due to required University oversight of students receiving VA benefits, you have a special burden of faithful class attendance. Under present guidelines, absence for a ten-consecutive calendar day period necessitates a report to that effect to the VA Office at GSU, with (presumably) a consequent adverse effect on your status vis-a-vis the U.S. Government. Please keep this in mind.

Side conversations: Side conversations make it difficult for your classmates to actively listen and learn. Please be considerate of others.

Courtesies expected: Some of you will be using smartphones, tablets and/or laptops to participate in class.

  • Please observe professional courtesy when you need to answer a phone during class by leaving the room quickly but safely.
  • Using your computer or laptop in ways that distract others is disruptive.  You are encouraged to use these but do consider others when you do.

Seating: As your instructor, I would like to get to know you during this semester and it helps if I learn your name as quickly as possible. Please remain in the same seat in class all semester long this will help me in getting to know who you are quickly.

Late work: No late work will be accepted. Please do not ask for any exception to this policy.  Since you will have many options on how you submit and engage in this class it is important that deadlines remain firm.

Make-up exams: The final exam for BUSA3000 is a common exam administered by the department.  The date is set by the university and is available on the official exam calendar for GSU.  No make-up final exams will be given. Please refer to the Request for Final Exam Variance for BUSA 3000 regarding policies pertaining to the final exam Variance (conflicting issues about dates and times).

Course and instructor evaluation: Students are strongly urged to complete the course/instructor evaluations on PAWS as soon as it becomes available at the end of the semester.

Withdrawal: Please refer to the universities official Academic Calendar for withdrawal dates and restrictions. The calendar can be found at:   Go to for more information about the GSU policy on withdrawals.

Incomplete Grades: We do not give incomplete grades in this course, except for cases where a student missed the final examination for an excusable reason. According to GSU policy, the grade will automatically be converted to an “F” if it is not removed by the end of the second academic term after the “I” is assigned.

Disabilities or Special Needs: Students who wish to request accommodation for a disability may do so by registering with the Office of Disability Services. Students may only be accommodated upon issuance by the Office of Disability Services of a signed Accommodation Plan and are responsible for providing a copy of that plan to instructors of all classes in which accommodations are sought. Please let me know if you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation.

GSU ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY: All university and college regulations concerning academic honesty shall apply. In general, students are expected to recognize and uphold standards of intellectual and academic integrity. The university assumes as a minimum standard of conduct in academic matters that students be honest and that they submit for credit only the products of their own efforts.

It is particularly important that students read and understand the portions of the University Policy on Academic Honesty that relate to plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration, falsification, and multiple submissions. The University Policy on Academic Honesty is explained in detail in the student handbook ( This Policy represents a core value of the University. All members of the University community are responsible for knowing and abiding by its tenets. Students are expected to carefully review the online Policy prior to undertaking any research or other assignments.

The  Student Code of Conduct abstract from the Student Handbook is available online at

Behavior consistent with College and University policies on academic honesty and treatment of members of the University community is expected of all. Cheating, plagiarizing, submitting the material for credit in more than one class, and other deceptive conduct with respect to a students work output will be dealt with according to the University Policy on Academic Honesty.

Plagiarism and misrepresentation of work are serious offenses, which can lead to expulsion and a grade of F for the course. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, taking material from any source written by another and presenting it as your own by failing to indicate full and accurate attribution to the correct author/creator. This includes marginally altering material taken from another source and calling it your own creation. Plagiarism includes materials taken from internet sources. Proper citation requires quote marks or other distinctive set-off for the material, followed directly by a reference to the source. The source details may be in the footnotes/endnotes/references section, but only listing a reference without proper indication in the text is not proper attribution and can be considered plagiarism. Misrepresentation of work includes, but is not limited to, presenting material that was prepared for another class or outside work as an original work product that was produced for this class. All work turned in for this class is represented by the student(s) to be original material prepared in fulfillment of this courses requirements.

Students are encouraged to discuss freely with faculty any questions they may have pertaining to the provisions of the Policy on Academic Honesty prior to submitting assignments. Lack of knowledge of the contents of the University Policy on Academic Honesty is not an acceptable defense to any charge of academic dishonesty.

 GSU WITHDRAWAL POLICY: A student who withdraws prior to the midpoint in the semester or term will be awarded a W. A student who withdraws after the midpoint will automatically receive a WF. You are responsible for understanding and adhering to the W limit policy which is described at


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